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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/14/2011 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Chronic Pain Family!
     It is another beautiful Monday morning! As we celebrate Valentines Day, in honor of a chain of events in 270 A.D. in St. Valentine's or Valentine's life (depending on which tale you believe the most. My self, the latter), our week is beginning. There are tasks to complete, jobs to do and appointments that need to be kept.  
      Often times we are so busy supporting others that we forget to update about ourselves. So, before we get too wrapped up in starting out the week... Please, stop by and let us know how you are doing. Give us an update. We want to know how you are doing. Even you old time veterans who are lurking.
How are you feeling?
What has your pain scale today?
What are your major plans for the week?

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

Chronic Pain Moderator

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Date Joined Oct 2010
Total Posts : 932
   Posted 2/14/2011 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been feeling much better since the weather finally improved last week. The end of January and the start of February was terrible -- using more BT meds than ever before. But since Wednesday, I've not had to take any. That's not to say I've been in no pain, but it has been less and I've been able to manage it by lying down, heating pads, etc..

Pain today (been up for 1.5 hrs) -- just passed across the threshold between ache and pain, so I'd give it about a 2.

Plans for the week: finish editing the long paper (50+ pages) I started writing back in November :P

Last week, the lows were below 0 degrees F. This week, the highs will be in the 60's and 70's!!! Hoping for a LP week!
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs)
RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .5mg ativan as needed for sleep.

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9664
   Posted 2/14/2011 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
got an eye doctors appointment this week, to see if permanent eye plugs will
be placed in my upper lids, I do have permanent ones in bottom lids...fingers crossed something has
to help, I'm doing refresh eye drops 2x a day, a steroid eye drop1x a day, sustane ultra eye drops2x a
day and restasis 2 to 3x a day....so many eye drops as I have extreme dry eyes....and
sometimes trying coconut water to help...That's also why I'm not here so often, computers
can dry eyes out and I have to force myself to blink...
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Healing Hugz to All))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 5005
   Posted 2/14/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   


    Pebbles, you keep a close watch on that! Chartreux knows all about it all too well. If you have a relaps, you scoot back to the Dr quickly please. It can get very serious, very quickly!

     Take care,

     SE wink

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   Posted 2/14/2011 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Pebbles get well wishes being sent your ways...
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 2042
   Posted 2/14/2011 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Been a rough week for me. Pain is up and also have been having a lot of pain in the mid and upper levels of my back compared to and in addition to the normal pain in my lower back. I am thinking and hoping most of this is due to falling a couple of weeks ago and then slipping a few times and almost falling on ice a little over a week ago. So far the medicated OTC rubs have been helping to keep the new pain in check.

Also been nauseated and my stomach has also been very touchy the last week or so. Takes nothing for me to get heart burn and I have had almost zero appetite. Food in general has been disgusting me of late.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Retired Mom
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 1753
   Posted 2/14/2011 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Pebbles....as SE mentioned, please keep a very close eye on this one. Pneumonia is nothing to play with and can get out of hand very quickly. I hope they gave you some monster antibiotics to go with the cough meds. I know you went to the ER, but I'd still follow-up with my Dr asap. ER docs are just for "right now" and you may need more meds or more serious meds than they gave you. Please don't let yourself get too dehydrated or too sick before checking with the Dr.

Ok....so my weekly checkin. Today was very strange with the strange foot thing (which is feeling much better now, but still hurts pretty bad). I found my orthotics (sp?) that I had from so many years ago and put them in my crocs. They seemed to help some, but I dread the stiffness that will come from overnight stillness.

The new bladder test was surprisingly pretty easy. It turned out to be a series of x-rays with a great deal of contrast (like they use for CT contrast). The techs were very good and amazingly they found the vein the first time...yaaaaa!! The back was pretty much killing me before they finished, but the test was good and the results will be read by a good radiologist and sent to the urogynocologist who is doing the new surgery. I think it was very wise for this new surgeon to have this test done and think it should be standard for anyone considering a bladder surgery. It shows the fluid (contrast) from its entrance into the kidneys and exactly how and where it progresses through all the tubes and into the bladder. It will show any leaks inside or fistuals. After a lot of x-rays, they have you emply the bladder and do a couple more to show how much of the contrast was left remaining.

Then it was on to the pharmacy, where the screwed up my meds pretty badly, but we got most of them straight and should be OK with the rest for the month. They really are a nice group of people.

On the home front, the addition is moving along, but I had a major run in with the brick layer yesterday. After getting a very clear understanding.....he is here to finish today to my satisfaction and then he will get paid....then and only then!!! I dispise men who treat women like they are stupid just because they are female. He understands this now.

All I can say about the pain is thank God for my meds right now!!

I hope the rest of the week will be easier and more pleasant. I really don't like confrontation, but I will deal with whatever comes my way.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, pain free week :)
Failed fusion L5-S1, Pituatary damage, HGH Def, Fibro, Bladder surgery failure, Nissen Failure, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CTS (Bilateral Surgery completed), CFS, TMJ, Migraines, Vit D, A, Magnesium deficiency, Pre-glaucomic (sp?), HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia, Edema, too many Drug/Food allergies, sensitivites, and current meds to list.

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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 2265
   Posted 2/15/2011 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, here goes. This week has started just like the past two. I still don't have my pain meds. My dr. sent me a letter about the blood tests I had last Monday. Everything was good. She didn't say anything about the urine test. If I don't get the scripts by tomorrow, I'm going to call again and ask to speak to one of the nurses, and maybe I can get things moving that way. I don't have any appointments this week, so I don't have to worry about that. I sure wish I didn't have to be in such extreme pain :( I hope everyone is having a low pain night and is getting a good rest. I know it's late but Happy Valentine's Day everyone.


Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 104
   Posted 2/15/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm personally at my wits end. This nerve pain has given me stomach ulcers and I lay in bed and miss work 40% of the time. My life is a terrible circumstance with this pain. I try to find joy, but it's too difficult when all I'm surrounded by is constant pain and my feeble attempts to try to control it and live a normal life as possible.

I am going to see about a temporary nerve block on March 14th. Meds have not worked in the twelve years I've had this pain (Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia). So it looks like the only other options I have are injections and other more invasive procedures.

My prayers are with everyone!
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